Saline County Library Rewriting Tradition February 2022

In this month's magazine... - Book Review by Public Services Manager, Amanda - Reasons to Love Your Library - February programs ...and more!

Stacks February 2022

Beyondthe Discover more than what’s on the shelves at the Saline County Library.

In this month’s issue: • Valentine’s programs • New books by Black authors • A book review by Public Services Manager • Unique things to love about your library

WAIT A MINUTE! Library patron, Tessa, spent some time reading to our growing butterflies last year when we held a Butterfly Exhibit! Be sure to keep up with our online calendar for more events like this in the future.

Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library 1800 Smithers Drive Benton, AR 72015 (501) 778-4766

Mabel Boswell Memorial Library 201 Prickett Road Bryant, AR 72022 (501) 847-2166

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Letter from the Director COVID-19 Omicron is surging as I write this in the middle of January on a very blah, overcast day. It’s hard to get excited by anything with the pandemic raging on, having to take our programs virtual again, and having staff and patrons fighting COVID infections. But then I remember how nice spring is going to be when we finish the Nature Play Space and the kids get to plant things in it and play on the equipment. And the latest good news is our storywalk has arrived. We’ve partnered with the City of Benton to install a permanent storywalk at Sunset Park. A storywalk is a fun, educational activity that places a story (literally a book taken apart) along a popular walking route in the community. In the past, we placed them on posts around the library, on the windows of businesses in downtown, and during events in parks. A storywalk helps build children’s interest in reading while encouraging healthy activity for both adults and children. All the ones we have done are temporary. This will be our first permanent structure. It is weather-proof and will allow us to change stories. - Patty

We will begin selling Valentine’s Day Gift Bags from January 24-February 12th for $10! Visit to sign up for a bag.

ADULTS • Vase of Flowers • Truffles • Wall Hanger • Wine Glass • Book Buck

TEENS • Suckers • Notebook

CHILDREN • Chocolate • Valentine’s Paint Set • Tumbler with Straw • Plushie • Book Buck

• Valentine’s Bucket • Valentine’s Gnome • Valentine’s Succulent • Book Buck

Meet the Staff Anna, Branch Library Assistant: Programming Share one thing that you love to do that you get to do nearly every day. Be at home with my husband and dog. What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time? Watch gamers on Twitch and YouTube. What technology innovation made the most impact on your life? GPS. If you had one free hour each day, how would you use it? I would use it to have more Bible study time.

Anna is a Library Assistant with an emphasis in Programming who has been working at the Bryant branch for almost 5 years. You will usually find her helping patrons at the circulation desk and computer lab, or in the back workroom weeding the collection of books so new ones can be ordered, repairing books and DVDs if they are returned needing a new cover or case, and organizing and running the Seed Library. When she is not at work, she enjoys binge watching sci-fi TV shows, baking, reading, gardening, organizing, and playing with her sweet aussiedoodle puppy.

Celebrate Black History Month with these popular new reads by Black authors.

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris Get Out meets The Devil Wears Prada in this electric debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City Book Publishing.

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Youth Events Children Children, Tweens, & Teens

Preschool Storytime* Mondays | 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM | Bryant Join Ms. Becca in Bryant for a traditional storytime full of books, songs, and rhymes! Alphabet Soup* Tuesdays | 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM | Bryant Join Ms. Becca for literacy based storytime! Kids will practice early reading skills with exciting stories, fun games, songs and activities. Toddler Storytime* Tuesdays | 10:30 Am - 11:30 AM | Benton Join Mrs. Wendy for a weekly story time designed for toddlers that features songs, a flannel story, board books, rhymes, and fun with egg shakers. This story time is designed for children 1-3 years old, but older and younger children are welcome. V.I.P. Book Club* Tuesdays | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Benton Join Ms. Wendy for a fun afterschool book club! No need to read ahead of time; we will read a picture book about a famous person each week, and do an activity related to their life. Preschool Storytime* Thursdays | 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM | Benton Join Ms. Jordan every Thursday morning at 10:30 for our Preschool Storytime. This storytime is suggested for children ages 3-5. We’ll sing songs, read stories, and have a fun activity each week that focuses on early literacy skills. We look forward to seeing you! Fun Day Friday* Fridays | 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM | Benton Join Ms. Dana for Fun Day Fridays. Each week will be a different activity! The first Friday of the month will be yoga themed, the second Friday will be ninja themed, the third Friday will be gross motor skills, and the fourth Friday will be a dance party. Come prepared to wiggle and move! World Read Aloud Day Read Alouds February 2 | 10:30 AM, 2:00 PM, & 3:30 PM | Benton Join us for World Read Aloud Day! In the morning, Bryant Police Officer Todd Crowson will be reading a story. Suzanne from Three Best Bakery will be here at 2 PM, and Bella the therapy dog will be here at 3:30 PM. World Read Aloud Day Read Alouds February 2 | 10:00 AM & 4:00 PM | Bryant Join us for World Read Aloud Day! In the morning, Bella the therapy dog will be reading a story. In the afternoon, Ms. Becca and Ms. Tamantha will read some of their favorite stories.

Connect & Create - Homeschool Art Zoom Thursdays | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Zoom

Join Ms. Ashlyn and Ms. Becca for a weekly virtual art lesson. Each week will focus on a new artist, technique, or style of art -- learning together and creat- ing our own masterpieces at home! Since we are creating from home, we will provide most of the supplies needed for this program! A limited number of supply kits will be available for pickup from either SCL branch and will include all supplies for the entire semester’s worth of classes. Rising Star Players* Fridays | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Benton The new semester of The Rising Star Players will begin on Sept 3rd and will go through March 25th. We will teach you acting basics and do scene studies. At the end of the semester, we will perform a show in front of an audience.

Tweens & Teens

Chess Club* Mondays | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Bryant Learn to play chess, or practice your skills by playing against one another!

Creation Station Makerspace Hour* Tuesdays | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Benton

Creation Station is a fun program for teens and tweens to express themselves through art. Join Ms. Ashlyn and Ms. Jordan every Tuesday afterschool for some creative fun with a new arts & crafts project that you can take home! Sometimes we may accidentally end up wearing a bit of our art, so be sure to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy. Homeschool S.T.E.A.M.* Wednesdays | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Benton Each week will have a different STEAM themed activity. Join Ms. Jenn and Ms. Jordan as we work on STEAM* skills, critical thinking, communication, and problem solving. Ages 8 and up are welcome. *STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math Builders’ Club* Thursdays | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Bryant Join Ms. Tamantha for exciting building challenges. Each week we will use different materials from Legos to cardboard. Come put your engineering skills to the test! Mini Game Monday Mondays | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Benton Teens join us for a fun wacky afternoon of games. What will we play? It could be Werewolf, or uno, or even Exploding Kittens. If you like games and hanging out, this is the program for you. Totally Minecraft Tuesday Tuesdays | 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM | Minecraft/Discord Teens ages 13-18, join us on our Minecraft Bedrock Realm! Will you join the peaceful community or will you start your own kingdom and go to war? It’s always a fun adventure. We will also hang out in the voice chat on Discord so we can talk together. Teen Writer’s Workshop Wednesdays | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Benton Each month we’ll work together to create a special project. This club is for all teens ages 13-18 who are interested in writing. You don’t have to be a good writer to come. Programs are subject to change at the discretion of programmers. Watch our Facebook and online calendar for the most up-to-date information. Teens

American Girl Club* Saturday, January 8 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Bryant Children & Tweens

Kids ages 7-12 can bring their favorite doll as we explore different time periods & places inspired by American Girl through crafts, games, and treats!


Musication Monday* Mondays | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Benton Join Ms. Ashlyn, an experienced K-12 music educator, as she brings music class to our library. We will have a blast singing, moving, and jamming along as we explore the various elements of music together.

No music experience required! Afterschool Tween Book Cafe* Thursdays | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Benton

Come expand your book palette with Ms. Jordan through this restaurant themed program. We will take a glance at our menu, sample a book together, and finish our three course “meal” with a sweet craft or activity. The only thing you’ll need to bring is your curiosity and your appetite for reading.

Adult Events Carpool Cinema* Saturday, February 12 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Benton

Adults The Arkansas Hitchhike Killer

Are you in need of the perfect date night for Valentine’s day? The Saline County Library has you covered. We will be hosting Valentine’s day carpool cinema on February 12th with a surprise romantic movie We will be giving hints along the way, so be sure to keep up with our Facebook page. Registration is required for this event. Date Night in a Box* Monday, February 14 | 6:00 PM | Facebook This Valentine’s Day, treat your Significant Other to a Date Night in a Box from the Saline County Library! Each box comes with supplies for two pieces of art, a randomly selected romantic comedy DVD (return in 7 days), microwave popcorn, and chocolate. Boxes will be available for pick up in Benton and Bryant starting Friday, February 11, 2022. Please specify preferred pick-up location at registration. Register online to reserve a box (1 box per couple); only one person per couple needs to register. Tune in to Saline County Library Facebook Live Monday, February 14, 2022 at 6:00pm for virtual instruction. For adults only; all materials supplied. #loveislove. SCL Trivia Night - RomComs Tuesday, February 15 | 7:30 PM | Facebook LIVE If you think you know everything there is to know about Rom-Coms, play trivia with us. If you get the most right, you win a prize. Table Talk with Kari Friday, February 18 | 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM | Facebook LIVE Our most watched Table Talk show last year is back again! On this year’s Couples Game Show we have Allen and Andress Scott battling it out to see who knows the most about their spouse. You can throw in your own questions and join the conversation with us on Facebook LIVE in the comments. SCL Game Show Tuesday, February 22 | 7:30 PM | Facebook LIVE Every fourth Tuesday of the month, we want to test your knowledge on a wide range of topics. Join us for our SCL Game Show. You may even win a prize. Art with Hearts* Thursday, February 24 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Facebook LIVE February is American Heart Month, and we’re celebrating by creating Art with Hearts! Participants will create colorful heart collages using a variety of materials. For adults ages 18 and up. All materials supplied. Register online to reserve a kit (one per person). Kits will be available for pick up in Benton and Bryant starting Friday, February 18, 2022. Please specify preferred pick-up location at registration. Tune in to Saline County Library Facebook Live on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 6:00pm for virtual instructions. Turning Trash Into Treasure Monday, February 28 | 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM | Facebook In this episode, Randall will show you how to make a heart-shaped locket out of a circuit board. This event will be on SCL Facebook page.

Tuesday, February 1 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM | Facebook LIVE Janie Nesbitt Jones will talk about her new book, The Arkansas Hitchhike Killer, which will be our February True Crime Book Club selection. Jones chronicles the life of Faulkner County native Red Hall. Hall was a serial killer who confessed to murdering at least twenty-four people. Most of his victims were motorists who picked him up as he hitchhiked around the United States. In the closing months of World War II, he beat his wife to death and went on a killing spree across the state. His signature smile lured his victims to their doom, and even after his capture, he maintained a friendly manner, being described by one lawman Monday, February 7 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Benton Chamber The Monday Afternoon Book Club meets the first Monday of the month at 1:00 PM at the Benton Chamber of Commerce. If that Monday is a holiday, they meet on the second Monday. The subjects and genres of books vary widely. If you are interested in joining the Monday Afternoon Book Club, email Brad at SCL Bingo Tuesday, February 8 | 7:30 PM | Facebook LIVE as “a pleasant conversationalist.” Monday Afternoon Book Club On the second Tuesday of every month, SCL would love for you to join us as we play our monthly game of bingo. You may even win a prize. Tai Chi for Beginners* Friday, February 11 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Benton Jo Tabor, a Certified Personal Trainer and fitness coach, will teach participants the basics of Tai Chi. This is a program for beginning practitioners, but all skill levels welcome. A few yoga mats will be available, although participants are encouraged to bring their own. Dress comfortably for movement. For adults 18+. DIY Family Name Signs -- Make It!* Saturday, February 12 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Benton What better way to celebrate the holiday of love than making your own framed family name sign or love-themed quote painting for your home! All those farmhouse-style framed signs with last names and anniversaries written all pretty that are flooding Pinterest and the rest of the crafting world -- join us to make your own! No “artistic talent”? No worries! Ashlyn will walk you through the whole process, step-by-step! Programs are subject to change at the discretion of programmers. Watch our Facebook and online calendar for the most up-to-date information.

What We’ve Been Reading All These Bodies by Kendare Blake | Reviewed by Public Services Manager, Amanda Fifteen-year-old Marie Catherine Hale is in prison in Black Deer Falls, Minnesota, and she is the only survivor of The Bloodless Murders. But is she a victim or is she an accomplice? And if so, who is responsible for the murders and where is the murderer now? Marie tells her story to Michael Jensen, the seventeen-year-old son of the town sheriff, but can Michael really believe her story? It can’t possibly be true that the murderer is a vampire... right?

I don’t know how to express how much I enjoyed this book, other than the fact that I read it multiple times. Three times to be exact. That’s saying something, isn’t it? It’s so good and the best part is that you actually have no idea what is fact and what is fiction, which is a huge part of the story. It’s up to you to decide what happens to the main characters, Michael and Marie, at the end. Does the story have a happy ending? A sad one? A gruesome one?! One filled with vampires?!! You decide! Some might think this sort of ending is unsatisfactory, but I’m a fan of open-ended books. The story is complete. It does have an end, but it just might not be what you expect. Check it out from the library today! It’s available as a print book found in our YA section or as an e-book or e-audio. (And let me tell you... the audio is STELLAR. You’ll come to know that I read almost all of my books by listening, and this one is one of the best I listened to in 2021.) If you’d like to listen to an in-depth, full-of-spoilers summary and discussion of this book featuring an interview with author Kendare Blake and a separate interview with voice actor and narrator Matt Godfrey, check out Fictional Hangover podcast on your podcast player of choice. Fictional Hangover is a podcast for adults about Young Adult and New Adult books, series, authors and voice actors that is full of spoilers. Each episode features a full summary of the book, a discussion featuring favorite parts, not-so-favorite parts, favorite characters and surprises, a five-question game of Would You Rather based on the book (sometimes played with the author or narrator of the book, sometimes with listeners), and recommendations for similar reads. There is adult content, so listeners beware!

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Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library 1800 Smithers Drive Benton, AR 72015 (501) 778-4766

Mabel Boswell Memorial Library 201 Prickett Road Bryant, AR 72022 (501) 847-2166

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